Istanbul vs Mexico City vs Seoul vs Sofia

Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
Mexico City ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
Seoul ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท
Sofia ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ
Population 15,520,000 8,850,000 9,963,452 1,270,169
Official language(s) Turkish Spanish Korean Bulgarian
Level of English Low Moderate Moderate High
Main airport Istanbul Airport (IST) Mexico City International Airport (MEX) Incheon International Airport (ICN) Sofia International Airport (SOF)
Most common months to visit April - June, September and October March - May, October, November March - May, September - November April-June, September-October
Currency TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) KRW - South Korean won (โ‚ฉ) BGN - Bulgarian Lev (ะปะฒ)
Credit cards Accepted in most places Widely accepted (less with AMEX) Accepted everywhere Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No Yes No No
Average monthly costs $1279 $1907 $2479 $1467
Rent $687 $794 $904 $645
Groceries $86 $287 $404 $12
Dining out $157 $186 $239 $258
Cafe $35 $50 $79 $31
Coworking space $96 $163 $252 $159
Mobile internet $6 $25 $45 $12
Public transportation $12 $11 $46 $34
Taxis $12 $9 $46 $14
Shared bicycles and scooters $5 $24 $15 $46
Sport and cultural events $21 $83 $44 $21
Museums and sights $29 $20 $7 $13
Nightlife $42 $65 $105 $93
Gym $18 $70 $79 $26
Yoga $45 $67 $127 $70
Massage $29 $52 $85 $33
SIM card options Turkcell, Turk Telekom Telcel, Movistar KT, SK Telecom, LG Uplus A1, Telenor, Vivacom
Tipping Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars 10-15% for restaurants, bars and services Not customary or expected 10% in restaurants, 1-2 BGN at bars and cafรฉs
Taxi apps BiTaksi Uber Uber, Kakao TaxiMe, TaxiStars
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable Drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine A fusion of cultures creates diverse dishes with bulgur, koftes, stews, eggplants and fish Corn, beans, tortillas and chili peppers typically alongside meat and cheese Emphasis on rice, vegetables, spices and meats. Main dishes are coupled with diverse side dishes and desserts. Strong driking culture. Vegetables and mild spices are often mixed with dairy products to create rich chicken and pork products. Seafood dishes also popular in some regions of the country, making them popular in the capital.
Local food specialities Dรถner, ฤฐรงli Kรถfte, Dondurma, Karnฤฑyarฤฑk, Turkish delight Enchiladas, torta de chilaquiles, esquites, quesadillas, tlacoyos, tacos, tostadas Kimchi, bulgogi, chap chae, mandu, sam gae tang, bossam Kebapche, Bulgarian musaka, lyutenitsa, shkember chorba, kyufte, kavarma, banitsa and tarator
Eat like a local Traditional breakfasts, street stalls for simit, lahmacun and kokorec, Turkish coffee Markets, food stalls, menรบ del dรญa (cheap set lunch menus) Smaller, local eateries (sikdang), street stalls and local markets Taverns, local BBQ restaurants, local markets and smaller eateries in residential and university areas.
Vegetarian / vegan options 59 listings on Happy Cow 279 listings on Happy Cow 57 options on Happy Cow 20 options on HappyCow